Maya Monday: Snow and Ice Tutorials

Maya Monday: Snow and Ice Tutorials
Tutorial, Maya Monday Dec 18, 2017 at 09:21 AM

There are several ways to create snow, ice, frost, and other wintry elements in Autodesk Maya. Here are some tutorials on the topic.

MtoA 206 | Snow and Ice | Material series using Arnold 5 with Maya 2018

Arvid Schneider puts out some fantastic Maya tutorials and this one seems especially seasonally appropriate, as I look out my window. He explains how to set up a realistic looking snow shader with Maya and Arnold.

Autodesk Maya 2018's Snow Texture Node

You can simulate snow on a surface with built in tools in Maya. Users can control the snow color, surface color, threshold, depth decay, and depth thickness. They have some nice tips in the Autodesk Knowledge Network too. Learn more

Maya tutorial : Create snow on objects

Mike Hermes tutorial on the topic.

Maya Snow Tutorial

This one, from 3DYee Modeling and 3D Tutorials, has no voice over so follow along visually.

How to make Snowy Object in Maya

This tutorial is originally in Korean but is great quality so don't fear a language barrier. It's subtitled in English.

Need something more?

Dosch Design Snow HDRI environmentDosch HDRI: Snow

Snow is a valuable source of HDRI (High Dynamic Range Image) environments. The 32 high-quality HDR images are provided in the most widely used formats:

  • Light-Probe (Angular Map)
  • Spherical Map (Latitude-Longitude)
  • Vertical-Cross

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E-on VUE Completee-on Software Vue Complete

The Complete Digital Nature Solution for 3D Artists...Vue Complete combines into a single package a multitude of cutting-edge features that let 3D artists easily create and control rich EcoSystems of wind-swept trees and plants, hyper-realistic spectral atmospheres and detailed terrains in fully animated scenes. This is a standalone or a plug-in that works in Maya and other hosts and will help you create some amazing nature scenes with just a few keystrokes. 

One of the many things VUE does is create Automatic Weather Effects - including Rain and Snow.

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki

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